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Lewis Pugh in 'world's most dangerous swim'

The human polar bear is in the Antarctic to swim five consecutive 1km swims in waters as cold as -1.7°C to help draw attention to his campaign to have the Ross Sea declared a marine protected area.


Meet the South Africans who hope to go to Mars

Divashen Govender, Kobus Vermeulen, Edwin le Grange, Adriana Marais and Alexandra Doyle have made it on to the shortlist of 100 candidates being considered for the Mars One space programme.


Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of South African struggle stalwart Joe Slovo. Commended as an outstanding revolutionary by former president Nelson Mandela, Slovo headed up the SA Community Party and dedicated his life to gaining power for all the people of South Africa.


SA's Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

An estimated one billion viewers watched as Miss South Africa – 22-year-old Rolene Strauss – was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday. She is the first South Africa to win the title since Anneline Kriel in 1974.


Celebrating Africa's health heroes

In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home countries. Here are some of their stories.

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Nelson Mandela

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What is ubuntu?

The Zulu world "ubuntu" translates roughly as "humanity towards others". But it means much more than this. The spiritual foundation of African societies, ubuntu involves a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity, a unifying worldview best captured by the Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu - "a person is a person through other persons".

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